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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 minutes ago
murphy--as you should know, things in SXM just aren't that organized..
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British Virgin Islands
10 minutes ago
Droner, there was a thread about this just about a year ago (link is at the bottom of this post), and you'll see some very helpful posts, including one on May 15th by GeorgeC1, which I'll reproduce here for your convenience:

Post by GeorgeC1:

"BVI Customs - Importation of food products
Yes, charter guests may bring food into the British Virgin Islands. For the time being and due to the resurgence of Hoof and Mouth and Mad Cow Disease in the not so distant past, a law is still in effect that bans the importation of any meat products unless an application is submitted to the Department of Agriculture for approval.

Permits cost $25.00. For more information, please call the Department of Agriculture at (284) 495-2532.

Good quality, fresh foods are available in the BVI from several grocery stores and provisioners on a year-round basis. All carry USDA grade meats as well. BVI import duties charged on food products range between 5% and 15% of the invoice value. Please be sure to have your invoices with you.

BVI Customs Department
Phone: (284) 494-3475
Open from 8:30am to 6:30pm

We are aware that people bring in USDA approved meats and packaged meats from the U.S. every day of the week (without any documentation other than receipts) and the folks at Customs don't say anything and they don't confiscate these products. I'm just saying ... this is the law and on any given day,

Here is the link to the government website: http://www.bvi.gov.vg/services/importation-meat."
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
23 minutes ago
Just a heads up. Got a message back from Yellow Beach on Pinel that they will be closed the entire month of June for their annual vacation. Was good to know as we'll be they in May and July.
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British Virgin Islands
37 minutes ago
Anyone hear about this?

Missing/Stolen yacht
From The Moorings Tortola, BVI, we have a missing 42' monohull named Sloop Dog, last seen last night in Cane Garden Bay. Possibly stolen. Do we have any captains or crew in Jost Van Dyke or elsewhere who could keep an eye out for it, please?

In all my years of going to the BVI I have not heard of this happening.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
51 minutes ago
The food has been bad since before AI was offered.
Every year, I do a trip advisor report. And every year I say that if Divi wants to be a 5* resort, they need to improve the food. It falls on deaf ears.
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
On our next trip, we will have a LandAirSea locator stashed on the dingy.
Will help us to locate no matter the cause of disappearance.

LandAirSea

Might leave one on the boat as well, just in case of a failed mooring pendant. blush
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
Just a small point for the Moorings. Historically they have used more locals in management positions than most other companies. Managers are rarely local at many other companies.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
I asked someone who I thought might know and he didn't really know anything about it, other than to state that a closing on the French side takes about 3 months, so we will not hear for a while, I guess. I doubt they will do any promotion until the sale has actually gone through, even if it will remain some type of a rental.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
OK, good! If they are still doing that in June, that kind of sounds like a plan for an early dinner for us! Thanks.
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British Virgin Islands
2 hours ago
I don't about specific labels, but your best bet for a decent selection would probably be Caribbean Cellars and The French Deli (located just outside the Moornings base)....but don't set your hopes too high.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
3 hours ago
Louise,

Glad your trip was unblemished and as was the case with so many others here, your trip reports made my day. Beautifully done and thoroughly appreciated. TY!! 👏👏
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
8 hours ago
Glad you are feeling better and getting out and about.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 11:25 PM
Thanks very much!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 10:47 PM
I know it is nice to meet other members but usually most announce when when are traveling.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 06:20 PM
I meant $32,850/day…..ain’t bad for Orient Bay. $230,000/7 = $32,850. Showing my work for the math teachers in the group.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 06:19 PM
I've never been able to find a menu on line, but the menu is upscale and excellent. Menu changes at least seasonally if not more frequently. There are about eight (or so) steps from restaurant to beach. There is a railing. Beach attendants are wonderful, and water is some of the calmest (usually) on the island. It's my favorite location for a beach day. You definitely want a reservation for chairs and lunch.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 06:16 PM
Correct.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 05:46 PM
This doesn’t sound like you were at the right place. It’s a little difficult ti get on the correct road to the Anse Marcel Beech Club, if you went to the big resort that’s not it, then there is another group of units that I think are privately owned and are rentals. Once you get past them is where the “beach club” is.
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World Wide Travel
Yesterday at 05:41 PM
You can do it. We took Heathrow Express and got on the Blue “Big Bus London Tour”. You can buy your bus tour ticket online ahead of time.
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Southern Caribbean
Yesterday at 05:25 PM
You got it right. If you are not a diver/snorkeler, Bonaire is the wrong place unless you like picnics by water taxi to Klein Bonaire. Curaçao has way better beaches, some with facilities and food all over the island. But if you want snorkel/scuba, Bonaire is as good as we have ever had.

The distance between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire is less that a half mile (7 minute walk if you walk on water), but the dept of the water drops to like 1500 ft. Diving is spectacular from either shore. But most Bonaire beaches are sand on rock.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 03:46 PM
Jeanne--wow, good job!!
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 03:35 PM
Here is another contact if that did not work.

Virgin Islands Search And Rescue

visarbvi@gmail.com

284-494-4357
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 12:43 PM
Great thread. Going through my phone playlist. Never get it done with albums and CD's. Too many. Here are my personal favorites for those days on Orient or any other place on the island. Pretty eclectic I think. Jimmy Buffet's two classics, Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude and Fins. Tuesday Afternoon by the Moody Blues as well as Lovely to See You for all those friends we meet up with on the island since our last visit. Orinoco Flow and Storms in Africa by Enya when vegging out at the beach along with Grand Funk's I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home. Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone and Make Your Own Kind of Music by the late, great Mama Cass. These two very special for those of you who still frequent the Club Orient part of the beach. Words are true. Gonna give a listen to those who recommended their favorites to perhaps become mine as well. Thanks for sharing everyone.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 12:36 PM
Thanks. The word was April 1 for the closing when we were there in Feb. with a tall condo building in the works. We'll all know soon enough, I guess.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 11:36 AM
George and I are both owners... the owner use portion of the contract provides for returning to the base for fuel or new linens with no stated limitation. I don't know if that's true for regular charterers.


That said, I've hardly found it necessary. We've been out on a 45 for 4 weeks and used a fraction of our fuel.

Last November my wife and I were on a M5000 for 10 days prior to picking up guests (and topping up) and we had used 36 gallons.
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